Nation: Nixon's Campaign for Confidence

NORMALLY, they seem aloof. Since the Cambodian intervention and the Kent State killings, Administration figures have been more visible and voluble. Last week they were still receiving student delegations, appearing on TV, granting press conferences and private briefings, conferring with Congressmen, labor leaders—and even each other.

The Administration is out to make a case. It wants exoneration from charges of widening the war, usurping congressional prerogatives, failing to understand or communicate sufficiently with the young, isolating the President from even his own Cabinet members, provoking dissenters with abrasive rhetoric. However insensitive the...

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